EU PV Financing project defines policy actions for new business & financing models

The PV Financing project presented its final paper called “Designing EU policy to encourage new solar business models” at its final workshop to the European policy community on the 2nd May in Brussels.

5th May, 2017 - The PV Financing project presented its final paper called "Designing EU policy to encourage new solar business models" at its final workshop to the European policy community on the 2nd May in Brussels. The policy report sets out 10 policy changes that would allow the implementation of the potential PV business in Europe and that would ease financing for the sector. Currently, the regulatory framework for PV development is very different among the member states: While PV self-consumption is allowed in most European countries, the production and sale of PV electricity to a third party is not allowed or blocked by levies in several markets. One of the main objectives of the project is to identify and remove the barriers that hinder the PV implementation in Europe.

Jörg Mayer, managing director of the German Solar Association and project coordinator: "The project PV Financing has hit a crucial phase in the European PV market, when the trend reverts to self-sustained business and financing models of PV. Though feed-in-tariffs are still needed at most places, these new models can accelerate the market uptake and unlock the potential of new market segments and stakeholders. The project supports this development through practical guidelines and recommendations".
During the workshop two rising business models in Europe that could reshape the photovoltaic electricity market in the coming years were presented. The first one is the tenant supply model that gives tenants in multi-occupancy buildings access to photovoltaic electricity. This is already a potential model in Austria, France and Germany, where some political changes are still needed to implement the model successfully. The second is the power purchase agreement (PPA) model, already a reference in the United Kingdom and Italy.
PV Financing is a two-and-a-half year research project funded by the European Commission dedicated to disseminating best practices in terms of new financing schemes and business models across Europe.
For more information on the PV Financing project, please visit: www.pv-financing.eu
For UK-specific enquiries, please contact Raju Thakrar, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Solar Trade Association; rthakrar@solar-trade.org.uk / 0203 637 2946 (direct line)

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